Gina Lollobrigida photographed by Leo Fuchs, 1960. Check out the Italian poster of The Servant here
Respect to director and documentarian Brett Garamella for weaving a story of Assyrian Christian cab driver Estaifan Shilaita, who was a talented boxer in his native Iraq until he was forced to flee to America.
From his Youtube Channel:
From 1968 to 1976, Estaifan Shilaita was the boxing champion of Iraq. Despite his success, Estaifan was barred from representing the Iraqi national team. After this defeat and seeing many of his family members affected by the newly emerging Ba’ath party, he risked everything to leave his home country. He traveled to Greece where he struggled to keep himself afloat as he watched his dreams of boxing slip away. Everything seemed hopeless until he meets his wife Hannah who brings a joy into his life that has lasted almost 40 years. Although Estaifan never finds the success in sports he desires, his journey leads him to a greater success and fulfillment than he ever imagined growing up in Iraq.
Seeking Movies notes the passing of Yugoslavian Black Wave director Dušan Makavejev, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86. It was his film Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Serbo-Croatian: Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice P.T.T.) was my first introduction to Yugoslav film, and it provided what many critics see as the most iconic still of the genre, below.
Robert Bresson directing Anne Wiazemsky on the set of “Au hasard Balthazar”(1966). Check out Georges Franju on set of Les Yeux Sans Visage right here
Great news! One of Andrei Tarkovsky’s greatest films, Stalker, has been reissued on Blu-Ray by The Criterion Collection.